On 11 December 2013, the European Commission has for the first time presented calls for projects under Horizon 2020. Worth more than €15 billion over the first two years, the funding is intended to help boost Europe's knowledge-driven economy, and tackle issues that will make a difference in people's lives.
With the aim of ensuring the transparency and comprehensiveness of the European Union’s health strategy, the European Commission organises an annual EU Health Policy Forum.
World Health Organisation Europe: innovative health systems in the framework of the Health 2020 plan
On 17 and 18 October 2013, health ministers and high-level officials from the World Health Organisation European Region (WHO Europe), met in Tallinn, Estonia, to follow up the developments for the Tallin Charter and to foresee new actions in light of the Health 2020 plan.
On 17 October 2013, the Commission published the results of the consultation on “Open Research Data”.
Ms. Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, gave on 24 September a speech focusing on the benefits that new technologies can bring for the care of the elderly.
On 25 October 2013, the Cross Border Healthcare Directive (CBHD) entered into force in the 28 Member States, which introduces a general framework that clarifies patients’ rights with regard to accessing healthcare within the EU.
On 22 October 2013, the European Parliament, in its plenary session, approved the proposed Medical Devices Regulation, supporting stricter legislation for the approval and marketing of medical devices.
On 22 October 2013, the European Parliament voted in plenary on the proposed In Vitro Diagnostic medical devices Regulation which aims at harmonising the rules by which IVDs are placed on the market in the EU.
The GRANATUM web portal, dubbed the 'Facebook for researchers', has been launched on 16 September 2013.
On 9 September 2013 a webinar on the new Participant Portal for Horizon 2020 took place. All the grant-related online exchanges of EC research and innovation funding are managed on the Participant Portal.
On 18 September 2013, the Industry, Research and Energy Committee (ITRE) held a Joint Debate on Horizon 2020.
On 25 September 2013, the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI), voted in favor of the Draft Report on a new Medical Devices Regulation.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has released a report entitled “OECD Health Data 2013”, providing a comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across the 34 OECD countries.
The Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has ended and Lithuania has officially begun its Presidency as of 01 July 2013, running until 31 December 2013.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA), has released for public consultation, a draft policy on the publication and access to clinical trial data.
After a long negotiations between the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament, a circa €70 billion package has been agreed for Horizon 2020, the latest framework programme for research and innovation.
On 1 July, an article entitled “EU at crossroads on new medical devices legislation” was published on the EURACTIV website.
The VPH researchers working towards personalised and in silico medicine in the EU, fully support those amendments to the LIBE Committee Report on the Data Protection Regulation, which adequately take into account the needs of public health researchers.
This position paper aims to promote Biomedical Engineering, its approaches and above all, highlights its potential for Europe on Horizon 2020.
On 22 May 2013, the European Commission published the responses to the Consultation on the functioning of the Advanced Therapy Medicinal Products Regulation 1394/2007/EC (ATMP)